Cpl. Stephen Healey died of illness in the 24th General Hospital, Etaples on 1st January 1918
Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1881, Stephen Healey was a coal miner turned town corporation labourer.
He was married to Ada Wilson, a cotton weaver, and lived at 57 Marlboro' St, Burnley. They had a son and daughter, 7 and 5 at the outbreak of war. In 1911 Stephen was sharing accommodation with his young family, his sister and brother. They also worked in turn in a cotton mill and mine.
Pre-war, he had seen seven years service in the Reserves and re-enlisted into the Territorials (5th Bn East Lancs) in August 1914.
After serving in the UK with the 2/5th Battalion for over 2 years, he embarked for service on the Western Front in March 1917.
Initially serving near the Flemish coast, Stephen was soon embroiled in the 3rd Battle of Ypres following which he fell ill and was evacuated to the rear.
Age 37, Stephen died of sickness in the 24th General Hospital, Etaples on 1st January 1918. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
1 January 1918 died of illness.
Research by David O'Mara
UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921.
UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
1911 England Census